After travelling around Istanbul, instead of visiting the usual touristic
places located in southern Turkey and all the ancient remains, you may wish to take a different approach to travelling and take an old train trip that runs across Turkey to see the natural beauty of the country.
Eastern Express starts from Ankara, the capital of Turkey, goes through the cities Kırıkkale, Kayseri, Sivas, Erzincan and as its final destination, reaches Kars. In order to reach Ankara first, you can either catch a flight which can easily be found from either the Istanbul Airport or the Sabiha Gokcen Airport, whichever suits you the best.
You can also take a modern train to Ankara from Istanbul which lasts
around 4 hours. The modern train from Istanbul to Ankara costs 71 TL for adults. After reaching Ankara, then you can take the Eastern Express. However, keep in mind that you have to buy the tickets from months before since they are sold out fast. The journey from Ankara to Kars takes 24 hours. The costs for the Eastern Express range from 48 TL to 188 TL depending on the type of wagon you choose.
Eastern Express has become one of the most popular means of travelling across Turkey in recent years. Most people claim that the journey becomes even more magical in the winter and autumn seasons since snow covers everywhere in white. It is also said that during spring the view is beautiful and completely covered in green as nature is coming alive. You also definitely need to wake up early and watch the beautiful sunrise during your journey. Bear in mind that as you go toward the East of Turkey, the weather will become colder and colder. Therefore you should bring clothes with you accordingly.